Jon Hamilton

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Genetically Modified Rat Is Promising Model For Alzheimer's

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

A rat with some human genes could provide a better way to test Alzheimer's drugs.

The genetically modified rat is the first rodent model to exhibit the full range of brain changes found in Alzheimer's, researchers report in The Journal of Neuroscience.

"It's a big step forward" for drug ...


Listen Up To Smarter, Smaller Hearing Aids

Monday, April 08, 2013

One day in the fall of 2010, composer Richard Einhorn woke up and realized there was something horribly wrong with his hearing.

"There was an enormous, violent buzzing in my ears," he says. "And I realized that my right ear had gone completely deaf."

Einhorn, who lives in New ...


Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious Project'

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain.

In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to "better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember." Other goals include finding new treatments ...


Number Of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked To Autism

Friday, March 29, 2013

A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life.

The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and ...


Maybe Isolation, Not Loneliness, Shortens Life

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Loneliness hurts, but social isolation can kill you. That's the conclusion of a study of more than 6,500 people in the U.K.

The study, by a team at University College London, comes after decades of research showing that both loneliness and infrequent contact with friends and family can, independently, ...


How An Unlikely Drug Helps Some Children Consumed By Fear

Monday, March 25, 2013

As far back as he can remember, George McCann lived in fear. When he was asleep he would have horrific nightmares filled with violent images. When he was awake, he often felt threatened by people, including members of his own family. And when he felt threatened, he would become aggressive, ...


Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Now A Deadlier Threat To Elderly

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Alzheimer's disease doesn't just steal memories. It takes lives.

The disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and figures released Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association show that deaths from the disease increased by 68 percent between 2000 and 2010.

"It's an epidemic, it's on ...


Hear That? In A Din Of Voices, Our Brains Can Tune In To One

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Scientists are beginning to understand how people tune in to a single voice in a crowded, noisy room.

This ability, known as the "cocktail party effect," appears to rely on areas of the brain that have completely filtered out unwanted sounds, researchers report in the journal Neuron. So when ...


How Did Our Brains Evolve To Equate Food With Love?

Friday, March 01, 2013

If food is love, Americans must love their kids a lot. About one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

And our emotional response to food may be one of the reasons so many kids eat so much, according to a poll by NPR, the ...


Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Is fracking making people sick? The question has ignited a national debate. A proposed study in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve the issue. By mining more than 10 years' worth...


How Your Brain Is Like Manhattan

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The human brain may be just three pounds of jelly. But it turns out that jelly is very organized. New scanning techniques show that the brain's communications pathways are laid out in...


'I Wanted To Live': New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A club drug called "Special K" is generating a lot of buzz among researchers who study depression.

That's because "Special K," which is actually an FDA-approved anesthetic named ketamine, can relieve even suicidal depression in a matter of hours. And it works on many patients who haven't responded to current ...


Could A Club Drug Offer 'Almost Immediate' Relief From Depression?

Monday, January 30, 2012

There's no quick fix for severe depression.

Although antidepressants like Prozac have been around since the 1970s, they usually take weeks to make a difference. And for up to 40 percent of patients, they simply don't work.

As a result, there are limited options when patients show up in ...

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